This past week was a busy one with doctor’s appointments, a couple of tests (hoops to jump through for insurance coverage of a back procedure I badly need), and readying my Advanced Writing class for Spring Break and the Argument/Research papers that are due on the 21st of March. Therefore, I had a minimum amount of time to read until Friday.  Since then, I have made up for time.

What I finished this past week:

“If you do not like the past, change it”: The Reel Civil Rights Revolution, Historical Memory, and The Making of Utopian Pasts a dissertation for the PhD degree by Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda, my grandson   I started this when it was presented to me back in December and have just now finished it. I must admit that it changed my thinking that all dissertations had to be stuffy and rhetorically “stiff.” I am very…

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Just because I haven’t mentioned the Alphabet Challenge in a while, doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on it. So far, I have reviewed A and B; today I wish to add C, D, and E–all of which I finished around the same time, this past weekend.

Coming Home: The Soul’s Search for Intimacy with God by Joseph M. Stowell was published in 1998, and I came upon it in a bag of books donated by a friend to my LFL (Little Free Library) as she was clearing out her bookshelves. The book deals with the “heart’s restlessness” to “live in radical reliance on the God who wants us to enjoy the delight and security of his [constant] presence.” My own New Year’s resolution was to, “draw nearer to God” (and be nicer to My Better Half), and this book helps me attempt to do both. James 4:8 tells us…

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The most impressive thing about this massive novel by Annie Proulx is its size–717 pages.  And, I’m so glad I tackled this big book because it is a book I will continuously look back on and never forget. Prior to reading Barkskins, Proulx’s The Shipping News, first the book, then the film, was one of my all-time favorites. This novel has been described as “…epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic…” and it delivers on all counts.

Barkskins narrates the story of two Frenchmen with nothing to their names and is set in Canada, then known as New France. We follow the Sel and Douquet families for several generations (the families’ charts at the end of the book will explain all the connections). Proulx is a wonderful storyteller, and the story she tells carries the reader along like the great rivers described in the story. Some parts are humorous, reminiscent of…

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